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Good Buy: Rosé-Colored Glasses

by edited by Rachel Morgan

Beat the heat with one of these locally available rosés.

Rosés have long been the summer drink of choice for sommeliers and casual wine drinkers alike. In search of this summer’s best, we at South Jersey Magazine scoured the region, sampling rosés hailing from the Provence region of France—the birthplace of rosé—to others from right here in South Jersey. So pull up a chair, pour a glass and stay a while.

[1] Bottle It Up
With a name like Summer in a Bottle, expectations are high—and Wolffer Estate’s 2014 rosé doesn’t disappoint. It’s a complex mix of aromas and flavors of local, in-season fruit. Think the beach in the height of the summer. $24 at Joe Canal’s, 1075 Mantua Pike, West Deptford, (856) 464-8787,

[2] Star Studded
The long-awaited rosé from Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's Provence winery boasts a light pink hue, fresh fruit aromas and a slight acidity. The A-list duo’s 2013 Miraval Rosé was so highly anticipated there was a waiting list. But if you didn’t get in on the first batch, try the 2014—it’s meant to be an authentic expression of the terrior of the Provence region. $21.99 at Canal’s Liquors Pennsauken, 5360 Route 38, Pennsauken, (856) 665-4202,

[3] Seafarer “Bottle the Mediterranean Sea [and] this wine would be the result,” says the creators of the 2014 MiMi en Provence Rosé. Featuring scents of red berries and fresh white peaches, and marked by a pleasing acidity and refreshing finish, this is everything a rosé should be—and more. $14.99 at Wegmans Wine, Liquor & Beer, 2110 Route 70 W., Cherry Hill, (856) 488-8948,

[4] Classic Choice
A quintessential rosé, the Domaines Ott Château de Selle Côtes de Provence Rosé 2014 is pale pink in color, with notes of peach, citrus and cinnamon, with a fine finish. A bit pricey for a rosé, but trust us: it’s worth every cent. $44.98 at WineWorks, 319 Route 70 W., Marlton, (856) 596-3330,

[5] Tastes like Heaven
This year’s vintage of D'Esclans Whispering Angel Rosé features notes of red currants, tangerines, dried flowers and spices. This heavenly blend is complemented by orange and floral notes and a long finish. $19.99 at Medford Wine and Spirits, 175 Route 70, Medford, (609) 953-8773

[6] Regional Rosé
A local offering from South Jersey winery Coda Rossa, their Chambourcin Rosé is made as a dry rosé, yet still aromatic and fruity. It’s a lighter version of their popular Chambourcin, and just as good. $14 at Coda Rossa, 1526 Dutch Mill Road, Franklinville, (856) 697-9463,

Published (and copyrighted) in South Jersey Magazine, Volume 12, Issue 4 (July, 2015).
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